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  1. @MadMax good idea. I was thinking of just putting the holes far enough apart that I (hopefully) wouldn't have to worry about the carapace cracking. If i used an array of holes spaced at 1.5 inches (center to center), I should still have enough plastic left to protect. Just a hunch.
  2. I added elastic straps to my System 7 using Chicago screws. I've also had the pleasure of taking several shots (rookie high school catchers) with it. Very pleased with it. The one thing I do before putting it on is bend that large center plate a little. Basically, I grab the neck opening and the bottom of the cp and flex them together to give it a little curvature from top to bottom. Here's the question: Can I drill holes in that center plate to (a) improve airflow, (b) make it a little lighter, and (c) make it more flexible and easier to get a good fit while (d) NOT compromising the integrity of the materials and, ultimately, my safety? Sorry for the long question. This might be a good question for @MadMax.
  3. I've got personal reasons as well. I took a foul ball to the throat my first season of high school ball. Catcher never touched it. My old mask had a throat extension. However, in my stance, there was enough room for a ball to get through. I felt it graze the bottom of my mask just before impact. The only thing between me and a trip to the ER (or worse) was the little foam baffle at the top of my chest protector. Had a knot in my throat for the next couple of hours. Just buy one. You're welcome. @Thatsnotyou, I also used to play men's league hockey. During my last season, I showed up for a game to hear that a player on another team was in emergency surgery after a deflected puck to the eye. They weren't able to save it. Horrible way to learn a lesson. I wore a visor once....until my own teammate hit me in the face with his stick.
  4. Magnesium is a bit darker. However, it has no coating. It's also light as a feather.
  5. Here's one in silver. The coloring doesn't exactly match the mask, but I like it. I had an All Star magnesium on there, but the clanking was extremely irritating. Before every pitch, I'd hear "clink....clink....clink" as is gently swung back and forth. This one is very quiet. I think I'll keep it.
  6. Good point. I looked at a review and saw that the D30 was for impact protection as well. I figured, "if it can stop a puck, it can stop a baseball". Kinda like, "if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." However, avoiding the impact all together is likely more beneficial than dissipating it.
  7. In transitioning back to a traditional mask (Force 3), I was exploring ways to protect my neck. One thing that stuck out to me was the newer hockey style throat protectors. Since some guys are gravitating to mock turtle necks any way, this one wouldn't look too far out of the ordinary. An additional feature of this one is D30 foam in the impact zone. It provides protection for the larnyx and carotid artery. I wonder if this provides better protection than a dangling throat protector. Here's the link. I think it's interesting. https://www.hockeymonkey.com/accessories/protective-accessories/neckguards/aegis-hockey-neck-guard-interceptor-with-bib.html
  8. @Thunderheads please lock it up. Mask is going to a new home.
  9. Sold on the bay. @Thunderheads please lock it up.
  10. I bought this cp 2 years ago and followed Mad Max's guidance to upgrade. I never used it with All Star System 7 harness that it will come with. I used it with a custom harness ordered from Razzer. The cp protects well. I'm just more comfortable in the System 7, which I modified to keep the shoulder cap in place. I worked a lot of solo games my rookie year behind some less-than-stellar catchers and took a beating. So I ordered something a little more beefy (System 7). This is a great cp; I just prefer the All Star. I'm 6'2" tall, 18 1/2" neck, 52" coat size. I'm built like I work out but like to eat as well. CP provides great coverage and protection. I shaped the plastic last year as Mad Max advises. However, it's been laying flat on a shelf for months in my garage. $65 including priority shipping.
  11. I used this mask my first season. Last season, I went to a bucket and didn't use it. It's been in the bag in my garage since. $45 including priority shipping.
  12. These shin guards saw about 15 plate games my first year. Last year, I upgraded to Force 3's and haven't touched them since. They protect rather well; just not as light or mobile as the Force 3's. $45 including priority shipping.
  13. This mask has seen about a dozen games. I'm going back to a traditional style mask. I never took a shot in it; I'm just going back to traditional. I wear a 7 1/2, and it fits size 7 to 7 1/2. Mask is in great shape and comes with the helmet bag. $100 including priority shipping to the lower 48.
  14. Some mentioned cap inserts. I'm thinking of one of these to wear with a traditional mask. They have a frontal version and a version that protects about 85% of the area under the cap. Seems interesting to me. https://unequal.com/uncap-hdr/ https://unequal.com/uncap-baseball/
  15. This year was my first year using a bucket, All Star System 7 2500. While I felt more protected, I didn't really like it. I felt confined; restricted even. Every time I took it off, the lower pads would rub my cheeks. Not a very good feeling. I didn't have any visibility issues whatsoever. Writing notes was irritating, because I didn't want my helmet on the ground and refused to sit it on my head like a football player. I also felt that a belt clip would just be one more item to keep track of. I like the skull cap idea, and had already started looking at skull cap options to wear with my mask. Then I saw the Unequal Uncap. It's pricier than a skull cap, buy may be an option. I'd have the look of a traditional hat with substantially more protection. Has anyone tried it?
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